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Review: “Rozen Maiden Overture” (UK Edition): All Dolled Up

by Grant Whiteon December 24, 2012
Much like the world of .hack//, I’m a novice when it comes to Rozen Maiden. The gist of the story (which is vaguely covered in this two episode supplemental OVA) involves a Japanese teenage shut in named Jun sharing his home with a collection of living antique dolls. All granted souls by their mysterious ‘Father’ […]

How To Survive The Cartoon Apocalypse, The Toonzone Way!

by Todd DuBoison December 21, 2012
Feeling down about the end of the world? Four out of five dentists say you shouldn’t be. Sure, December 21st could unleash untold cataclysms that will destroy all life as we know it, but the funny thing about the end of the world is that it’s never truly the end. Life always finds a way, […]


Review: “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Adventures in the Crystal Empire” & “Mickey & Donald Have a Farm”

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2012
In my review of the first season DVD set of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I compared the show to playing the blues, noting that blues is simple music and simple music is the hardest music to play. The five episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on the latest “soccer mom” DVD […]

Review: “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” Season 1: Pony Up for This One

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2012
The late, great blues guitar player Albert Collins once said, “Simple music is the hardest music in the world to play. And blues is simple music.” The basics of a 12-bar blues and a minor pentatonic scale are simple, but “simple” does not mean “easy.” There’s a gigantic and somewhat ineffable gap between understanding those […]


Review: “Sengoku Basara–The Last Party”: Chaos Beats Coherence

by Maxie Zeuson December 17, 2012
Early on in Sengoku Basara: The Last Party, two characters joyously receive news so good that they proceed to beat the crap out of each other. In fact, it leaves them so deliriously happy that during the fight one of them actually kills the other. The killer feels kind of bad about this for a […]

Review: “Finding Nemo” Blu-Ray: Mission Accomplished

by Weathermanon December 14, 2012
If you don’t know what Finding Nemo is, what are you doing at an animation website? It’s only one of the most popular animated movies of all time, responsible for every “Hey, it’s Nemo! Look, Dorys! Hey Mom! Hey Mom! It’s Dory!” at every aquarium on earth for the last decade. It’s also the movie […]


Review: “Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters” Rises to the Challenge

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2012
I’m not sure if it’s properly calibrated expectations or just plain fickleness of mood, but either way I have a much more positive impression of Kaijudo after a second look. The first five episodes of the show are available on the extensively named Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters – Creatures Unleashed, and probably the […]

Review: “Aria the Scarlet Ammo” is a .22 Caliber Series in a .45 Caliber World

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2012
I don’t follow anime terribly closely, but is there some sub-genre dedicated to stories about gaggles of girls that range from dingbats to the thoroughly disagreeable, all of whom are determined to fling themselves vehemently at a lead boy character with little to no personality? I thought the patronizing idiocy of Freezing was a one-off, […]


Review: “Fairy Tail Part 4” (UK Edition): Armour Ready For More!

by Grant Whiteon December 3, 2012
The previous volume of Fairy Tail raised suspicions that the spell was broken on me: more David Blaine then Dynamo. Luckily Volume 4 proves that the wizards have still got it. Continuing on our heroes are making their way through the Tower of Heaven, an evil structure constructed by Erza’s former friend Jellal. The story […]

Review: “A Cat in Paris”: This Cat Is Where It’s At

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2012
The opening scenes of A Cat in Paris follow a cat burglar named Nico on a jewel heist, depicting his movements with a sinuous grace that could only be achieved through hand-drawn animation. Nico practically flows through the hole he cuts in a window, and seemingly turns his joints to jelly to avoid security cameras […]